53 Man Roster Predictions, Fourth Edition

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Jeremy site photoJeremy VanDerLinden’s 53 

Quarterback (2):

Aaron Rodgers

Scott Tolzien

Okay, last week I put three QBs here. However, I just cannot see it happening. The Packers are lead by very stubborn people. One season of injury issues will not change the way they build the roster. Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy rarely do what fans and media find to be obvious moves. That will not be changing here.

Halfback (3):

Eddie Lacy

James Starks

DuJuan Harris

No need for change here.

Fullback (1):

John Kuhn

No changes here.

Tight End (4):

Richard Rodgers

Andrew Quarless

Jake Stoneburner

Ryan Taylor

Short term IR: Brandon Bostick

With the Packers not having Brandon Bostick available for a few weeks it makes sense that they would keep Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner. If Bostick is put on short term IR it would make room for both of them.

Wide Receiver (5):

Jordy Nelson

Randall Cobb

Jarrett Boykin

Davante Adams

Jeff Janis

Nothing to change here.

Offensive Tackle (4):

David Bakhtiari

Brian Bulaga

Derek Sherrod

Aaron Adams

Nothing to change here.

Offensive Guard (3):

Josh Sitton

T.J. Lang

Lane Taylor

Nothing to change here.

Center (2):

J.C. Tretter

Corey Linsley

This is rough. J.C. Tretter played his tail off and won the starting job. Only to get injured and miss the first few weeks of the season. Corey Linsley will be fine and the Packers are preparing for Josh Sitton to be his backup. Also, T.J. Lang played some center last year. Even though the depth at offensive line has become thinner, the Packers are still going to start the season with a solid group.

Defensive Linemen (6):

Mike Daniels

Datone Jones

Josh Boyd

Khyri Thornton

Mike Pennel

Letroy Guion

In the blink of an eye B.J. Raji went from being a potential comeback player for the Packers this season to being a soon to be free agent that will miss his chance to prove himself to anyone. The good news is that Letroy Guion has finally started to practice. The Packers will be depending on Guion to step up in a big way this year. Let’s hope he is up to the challenge.

Outside Linebacker (5):

Clay Matthews

Julius Peppers

Mike Neal

Nick Perry

Andy Mulumba

Nothing to change here.

Inside Linebacker (5):

AJ Hawk

Brad Jones

Jamari Lattimore

Sam Barrington

Carl Bradford

I know it is early but the Packers played Carl Bradford at ILB in practice this week. Not sure why it took them so long to try him there but it needed to be done. It might take Bradford a while to catch on but if he plays up to his explosive potential he could see some snaps later in the season.

Cornerback (5):

Sam Shields

Tramon Williams

Casey Hayward

Davon House

Jarrett Bush

Nothing to change here.

Safety (5):

Micah Hyde

Morgan Burnett

Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix

Sean Richardson

Chris Banjo

Nothing to change here.

Punter (1):

Tim Masthay

The Ginger Wolverine. That is all.

Kicker (1):

Mason Crosby

Mason Crosby will make Packer fans forget the nickname “Missin Crosby” this year. Top 3 fantasy kicker this year. Mark my words.

Long Snapper (1):

Brett Goode

Brett Goode has made a nice little spot for himself on the Packers roster. This name won’t be moved from here until Goode retires. Just like Rob Davis.

 

David Bobke’s 53

Quarterback (2)

Aaron Rodgers

Scott Tolzien

One week, I can forgive; two weeks, I can’t ignore it anymore. Flynn and Tolzien might have been virtually tied for the backup QB job after the first preseason game, but I can’t ignore Flynn’s lack of productivity these last couple of weeks. Even I have to make the change here.

Halfback (3)

Eddie Lacy

James Starks

DuJuan Harris

If anyone thought there was a brewing controversy here, I think Harris put that to bed against the Raiders.

Fullback (1)

John Kuhn

Yep.

Tight End (4)

Brandon Bostick

Andrew Quarless

Richard Rodgers

Ryan Taylor

Hey, Ryan Taylor still exists! Good for him! Justin Perillo has no chance of making this roster anymore. It comes down to Taylor or Stoneburner for the fourth TE spot, and I’m reluctant to pick either one of them. They have their respective upsides, yet I have to think that our predictions at this point come down to our personal preference. I’ll roll with the theory that the coaches will stick with the more veteran of the two players.

Wide Receiver (6)

Jordy Nelson

Randall Cobb

Jarrett Boykin

Davante Adams

Kevin Dorsey

Jeff Janis

If forced to drop one of these gentlemen, it would be Dorsey, but I’m holding out hope that all six guys make it to the final roster. I believe that he can contribute to this team this year. Now that I’ve said that, I’ve probably put the Omarius Hines curse on him, and he’ll be lucky to make the practice squad. I don’t know the odds that the Pack holds this many wideouts, but I will make the argument that Jordy Nelson, in the past, has been the Pack’s #3 QB. So you can have a third QB who holds a clipboard or a sixth WR who returns punts and kickoffs. The choice is yours.

Offensive Tackle (3)

David Bakhtiari

Brian Bulaga

Derek Sherrod

Ugh. I’m still not buying into Sherrod. If he ever establishes himself as a consistent player, I’ll be a little surprised. I hope for the team’s sake that Sherrod will stay healthy, that he will become more consistent, and that there will still be room for me on the back of his bandwagon if those first two things happen.

Offensive Guard (4)

Josh Sitton

T.J. Lang

Lane Taylor

John Fullington

Andrew Tiller has a calf thing, and as of the time I’m writing this, we don’t know how long he could be out, so I can’t put him on the roster.

Center (1)

Corey Linsley

I’m going to guess that J.C. Tretter winds up on short term IR, but that’s not a certainty at this time. “Multiple weeks” and “significant” knee injury are what we keep hearing. It’s possible Tretter stays on the roster and returns in a month or so, but I’ll be pessimistic and guess that they play it safe.

Defensive End (5)

Mike Daniels

Datone Jones

Josh Boyd

Mike Neal

Khyri Thornton

Yet again, no real changes. I moved Boyd to DE because Packers.com has him listed as such.

Nose Tackle (2)

Letroy Guion

Mike Pennel

I just ‘fessed up to being wrong (at least so far) on Pennel on this past week’s podcast, so he’d better not let me down now! His spot on the roster is looking more assured after the injury to Raji was announced. I’m not ready to say that Ryan Pickett or Johnny Jolly get brought in for D-Line depth, so relax on that for the time being.

Outside Linebacker (5)

Clay Matthews

Julius Peppers

Nick Perry

Nate Palmer

Jayrone Elliott

I can’t deny it, Elliott’s a flier, I don’t wanna mess with him*. I still like Carl Bradford, I still think he can make noise for this team this season, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to keep him on this roster. I hope he does, and I’m happy to see he’s getting SOME snaps at ILB at practice.

I want to speculate that Bradford and Palmer getting looks at ILB suggests that the team may be keeping one or the other of them and only keeping three natural ILBs. I am probably reading too much into that though, so forget what I just said.

*Yes, this was another of my attempts to incorporate rap/hip-hop lyrics into my normal speech. Apologies all around.

Inside Linebacker (4)

A.J. Hawk

Brad Jones

Jamari Lattimore

Sam Barrington

Joe Thomas is still out, and is looking more and more like a practice squad guy as a result. The good news is that the Packers will have extra spots on that squad, as the NFL will allow teams to keep ten players rather than just eight. Hard to take Lattimore or Barrington off of this list, so unless one of these guys gets dealt off for some offensive line help, I think we’re looking at these four on the final roster.

Cornerback (5)

Sam Shields

Tramon Williams

Casey Hayward

Davon House

Jarrett Bush

Jumal Rolle has a chance to make this roster, although it may be a slim one. He and Demetri Goodson are probably heading toward that practice squad designation. I’m surprised Ryan White is even on the roster. Davon House is looking great right now; I’m actually very comfortable with him as the Pack’s #4 CB.

Safety (5)

Micah Hyde

Morgan Burnett

Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix

Sean Richardson

Chris Banjo

I’ll stay with this for now.

Punter (1)

Tim Masthay

Kicker (1)

Mason Crosby

Long Snapper (1)

Brett Goode

Amen. Amen. Amen.

 

Andy Herman’s 53

Quarterbacks (2):

Aaron Rodgers

Scott Tolzien

I’m even more convinced this week than I was a week ago; Tolzien’s the guy.  I know that Packer fans will want to believe that the Matt Flynn that is in training camp this year is the same Matt Flynn who played well enough to win against New England a few years back, threw six touchdown passes against the Lions and lead an epic comeback vs. Dallas last season to help get the Packers to the playoffs.  The truth is he’s not the same quarterback and he’s not as good as Tolzien right now.  We all know this is a “what have you done for me lately” league, and over the course of training camp and the preseason, Tolzien’s been the better man.

Running Backs (4):

Eddie Lacy

James Starks

DuJuan Harris

John Kuhn

The only interesting position here is fullback.  The Packers base lineup doesn’t include a fullback (3 WR’s, 1 RB, 1 TE) and Kuhn hasn’t had the best preseason thus far.  He’s a cult hero in Green Bay and it would be a bit or a surprise if he was gone, but the truth is he’s overpaid as a fullback and the Packers could get away with putting Ryan Taylor in the backfield on run plays and not lose much.  If the Packers decide they want to keep an extra tight end, Kuhn may be the odd man out.

Wide Receiver (5):

Jordy Nelson

Randall Cobb

Jarrett Boykin

Davante Adams

Jeff Janis

Could Alex Gillett make a late run at a roster spot?  The answer is probably not.  He’ll be a great practice squad addition but the raw talent simply isn’t there.  The last spot will come down to Janis vs. Dorsey, and Janis wins out based on his upside.

Tight End (5):

Richard Rodgers

Brandon Bostick

Andrew Quarless

Ryan Taylor

Jake Stoneburner

The Packers have kept five tight ends before and I have them doing so once again.  Stoneburner has played well as of late and may have done just enough to earn himself a spot, at least until Bostick is back healthy.

Offensive Line (9):

David Bakhtiari

Bryan Bulaga

Derek Sherrod

TJ Lang

Josh Sitton

Lane Taylor

JC Tretter

Corey Linsley

Waiver Claim/Free Agent/Trade

The offensive line has been beaten up already and we’ve only played three preseason games.  Barclay is out for the year and Tretter will be out at least the first quarter of the season.  Aaron Adams is legitimately making a run at making this team but he would be a much better fit on the practice squad for the time being.  If the Packers can find a player they liked in the draft process that gets released during final cuts they’d be wise to put in a claim and try and find an improvement over what’s currently on the roster.

Defensive Line (7):

Mike Daniels

Josh Boyd

Datone Jones

Khyri Thornton

Mike Pennel

Letroy Guion

Carlos Gray

I’ve removed Raji and added both Guion and Gray to the team.  It may prove difficult to keep seven defensive lineman but the Packers are going to need the depth as the season goes on.  Guion and Gray give the Packers size and strength up the middle, something they will need come playoff time.

Edge Rusher (5):

Clay Matthews

Julius Peppers

Mike Neal

Nick Perry

Jayrone Elliott

The Packers have so much depth at outside linebacker that they may feel they can cut three or four players and still get two to three back on the practice squad.  Adrian Hubbard, Nate Palmer and Carl Bradford would be prime candidates for the practice squad.  I do not believe Andy Mulumba is practice squad eligible, which could put him a leg up to make the team.

Inside Linebacker (4):

AJ Hawk

Brad Jones

Sam Barrington

Jamari Lattimore

There are no changes here, and you never know for sure, but inside linebacker seems pretty straight forward at this point.

Cornerback (5):

Tramon Williams

Sam Shields

Casey Hayward

Jarrett Bush

Davon House

I’ve been high on Jumal Rolle but he simply hasn’t performed at a high enough level the last couple games to warrant a roster spot.  Barring a waiver claim, I can’t see any other corners on the roster making the team.

Safety (4):

Morgan Burnett

Micah Hyde

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Sean Richardson

Chris Banjo is probably going to make the team, and I’ll continue to regret excluding him from the list, but at the end of the day he again gets left off due to a numbers game.

Special Teams (3):

Tim Masthay

Mason Crosby

Brett Goode

A solid trio of specialists there aren’t going anywhere.

Practice Squad (10):

Jumal Rolle, Rajion Neal, Aaron Adams, Justin Perillo, Kevin Dorsey, Luther Robinson, Alex Gillett, Nate Palmer, Adrian Hubbard, Carl Bradford

Injured Reserve (3): 

Jared Abbrederis, Don Barclay, BJ Raji

Thank you for reading. Jeremy VanDerLinden, David Bobke and Andy Herman are weekly contributors for Titletown Sound Off. You can follow them on Twitter @JeremyRVDL @ThatsOurBobbo @SconnieSports. For even more Packers content, follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

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